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Panic & praise among Indian bloggers, ‘influencers’ as Instagram hides its likes

The Instagram test on making like counts private is reportedly driven by an endeavour to give content quality precedence over a mad dash for likes.

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes calls for company breakup

The most problematic aspect of Facebook’s power is Mark Zuckerberg’s 'unilateral control over speech', Hughes said

Google’s paid music services reach 15 million subscribers, but still far behind Spotify

The YouTube Music numbers is good news for ad-supported Google that has rarely gotten customers to pay for its services.

Apple picks Mumbai for its first exclusive retail store in India

Apple was earlier prohibited from opening its stores in India because it didn't meet local sourcing requirements.

Google asks for more personal details with latest digital assistant upgrade

Google is betting that the extra convenience will persuade people to keep sharing personal information and help it build its database.

Google launches cheaper Pixel phones as it battles Apple & Samsung

Google is counting on its cheaper Pixel to fill in for people left behind by the rising price of many high-end phones.

Google to give users ‘real choice, useful control’ over who tracks their Chrome activity

Google said it’s tightening rules to give users an either-or control over how much a website’s cookies can track them.

Boeing’s 737 Max defence is a textbook mess

With Boeing not having informed pilots about the new automated feature, its main defence in the 2 crashes that killed 346 people boils down to quibbling about the meaning of the term safety feature.

Facebook’s Zuckerberg preaches privacy, but evidence is elusive

In a bid to to boost privacy Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a 'clear history' feature last year, but it's yet to be unveiled.

Don’t want location & web browsing data saved? Google to give users a delete option

Amid the prickly debate over privacy, Google announced users can choose to have their data deleted after a three-month or 18-month period.

On Camera

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Illustration by Prajna Ghosh | ThePrint

India’s founders kept repressive laws in the book. Today’s politicians show how wrong it was

Most parties today are using the law to stifle dissent. Worse, nobody is doing anything significant to oppose it—not the media, and certainly not the judiciary.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.

Defence

Air Commodore Sanjay Sharma pose with daughter Flying Officer Ananya Sharma in front of the fighter aircraft | Twitter/@DefencePRO_Guj

In a first in IAF, father-daughter fly in same fighter formation as fellow wingmen

Daughter of Air Commodore Sanjay Sharma, Flying Officer Ananya Sharma is currently undergoing training to master ‘superior and faster’ jets.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.
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